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  The Dark Knight Rises
Posted by: Mike on Jul 23rd, 2012 1 Comment »

The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises

It’s no secret that not only is Christian Bale my man crush, but so is Batman.  I’ve been waiting for this movie since The Dark Knight‘s credits rolled. (Which coincidentally I just re-watched on Friday afternoon.)

To say I went in with high hopes would be an understatement.  Thankfully, this movie does not disappoint.

Some will argue that it’s too long.  Some will argue that Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is kind of lame.  Some will argue that the middle of the film feels kind of boring.  And those people could all be right.  However, there’s so much awesomeness jam packed into the entirety of the movie, that it’s very easy to overlook its flaws.  It’s not a perfect movie – in fact, as much as I loved it, I still prefer The Dark Knight more.  Mainly because Heath Ledger knocked his role so far out of the park.  (According to the trivia on IMDb, the Joker isn’t even mentioned in this film out of respect for Heath.)

Remember in The Dark Knight where the Batpod pops out of the Tumbler for the first time, and you’re like “OH MY GOD, THAT IS AWESOME!”?  There’s a lot of that in The Dark Knight Rises.  There’s many scenes where you expect something to happen, and it does, but way more awesome.

I love Tom Hardy as an actor, and have since I saw him in Inception, and he doesn’t disappoint at all as Bane, the film’s main villain.  I will admit I had a hard time understanding some of his dialog at times – which I later read him saying was intentional in an interview.  He reported that he was trying to sound like Bartley Gorman, an Irish bare-knuckle boxing champion.  To me, he sounded a bit like a drunk Sean Connery. In a bad way? Not necessarily.

You’ll read many reviews over the next few days (assuming you even care about reviews) that talk about spoilers and “what happened at the end” and whatnot. But I’m not that guy, I never have been.  I loved the ending of the movie.  I loved the story-telling that the Nolan brothers put together for this franchise wrap-up.  I may have not seen what was coming towards the end of the film, but apparently it was because I was distracted by all the shiny flying things, and fist fights to have seen it.  I felt there were two very distinct AHA! moments towards the end of the film. But in discussing it with others after the film, I’m alone in those AHA! moments, and everyone else had seen them coming.  Don’t fear, though, even if you see the “twist” coming, it’s still an excellent movie.

I was a little disappointed by the lack of Michael Caine, though.  Probably because I could just listen to him talk for the next 50 years, and not care.  That guy’s accent is just awesome.  (Side note, I’m going to watch The Prestige later today, just to hear his opening voiceover again.)  While disappointed, I understood why there was a lack of his character. It fit into the story, and I didn’t get the “Well he’s just off filming some other movie and phoning it in” feeling that sometimes you get when a big actor is missing from a franchise.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is amazing, as always.  Talk about a child actor that really grew into his own. Look back at some old episodes of Third Rock from the Sun, and you can clearly see that this kid was going places. (It’s funny that I call him a kid, he’s barely a year and a half younger than I am.)  He fits right into the already well established franchise, and feels like he’s been there all along.

I really want to love Anne Hathaway in everything. I honestly do.  It’s just getting harder and harder.  And I feel a bit badly.  When news first broke that she was being cast as Catwoman, everyone flipped out. Don’t lie, you were mad, too. People said “Why her? She’s going to ruin it!” and the like.  But I defended her. I said things like “Remember when Heath was cast as the Joker, and people felt the same way? And look how that turned out!”  I knew that there was a reason Christopher Nolan had her cast.  Nolan is one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our time, how could he possible make a blunder and not fix it?  If she was terrible, he’d have recast her.  AhemKatieHolmesAhem. (Say what you want, Katie Holmes wasn’t in The Dark Knight due to scheduling conflicts.  She sucked in the first movie, and they re-cast her. Plain and simple.)  Thankfully, however, Anne Hathaway isn’t in the film enough to ruin it.  Which I’m glad for, because the scenes she’s in really didn’t do it for me.  She has quite a few fist fights, but I don’t buy it.  I don’t get that a tall, skinny, lanky girl could overtake a 6’2″ 220 pound dude with a gun.  If that makes me a sexist, so be it.

Chances are, by now, you’ve already seen this movie if you had planned on it, and my review isn’t going to sway you either way.  So what I say here is almost moot.  However, this movie is fantastic.  I’d say it was my top movie of the year so far, but that honor goes to The Avengers, which beats this out only ever so slightly.  The Dark Knight Rises delivers, in major ways.  It wraps up the franchise amazingly.  The story, the action, the characters, the good guys, the bad guys.  It’s got everything I wanted it to have (except maybe some more trailers before it), and I’m glad to have seen it on the big-screen.    If you’re on the fence about whether or not to go see it, spend the money.  If you don’t have the money, borrow the money.  You won’t be disappointed.




  Valentine’s Day all-star cast
Posted by: Mike on May 12th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Anne Hathaway, just because

Anne Hathaway, just because

New Line cinemas are in the process of casting their upcoming romantic comedy, titled Valentine’s Day.  Their gameplan is to get everyone that is, was, or will be a big star, to be in the movie.

Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher are already in negotiations, and rumor is that they’re pretty late stage negotiations, too.

The movie is said to be the story of five very different stories, all revolving around Valentine’s day.


  • Julia Roberts is an army officer on leave from Iraq on a flight to L.A. Cooper, on the same flight, is a gay man whose lover is a closeted football player.
  • Ashton Kutcher is an owner of a flower shop who proposes to his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), only to realize he is in love with his close friend, played by Jennifer Garner, who discovers her boyfriend is married.
  • Shriley MacLaine plays Julia Roberts‘ mother, a happy retiree who reveals to her husband a long-ago affair.
  • Anne Hathaway is an assistant working at the biggest talent agency in town and dating a mailroom assistant; Jessica Biel is a publicist unlucky in love (is there any other kind?) who has no date on Valentine’s Day.

But the question is, can an all-star cast make up for a bad movie?  Studios should have learned a lesson when He’s Just Not That Into You didn’t do so hot, and that had pretty much everyone in it.  Only time will tell.




  Hathaway to play Garland
Posted by: Mike on Mar 23rd, 2009 Leave a Comment »

For those of who are fans of Anne Hathaway, this is good news.

For those of us who aren’t fans, it’s not such good news.

Regardless of how you feel about her, Anne Hathaway has been cast to star as Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic about Judy’s life.  It will be called Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, and will obviously be a musical.

Who knew that little stunt at the beginning of the Oscars would pay off?

Harvey Weinstein’s quote from the annoucement:

We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role, Gerald Clarke’s biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland’s life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences.




  Burton Casts Red and White Queens for “Alice”
Posted by: Mike on Oct 7th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

It’s been made officially unofficial as of early this morning (super early this morning for me, since I’m on the West coast this week.)

Burton has cast, surprise surprise Helena Bonham-Carter as the “off with her head” Red Queen, in the upcoming live-action, stop-animation, CGI fest remake of Alice In Wonderland.

In a turning surprise, the White Queen will be played by Anne Hathaway.  After seeing Hathaway do an amazing job hosting SNL this past Saturday, I’m game to see just about anything she’s in.  If you didn’t catch the episode, you should download it, or watch the highlights on YouTube, because it was a great week.




  Anne Hathway is a Weird Chick
Posted by: Christine on Jun 10th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Anne Hathaway Pink EyeWENN had an interesting story about Anne Hathaway having a conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) scare while filming a kissing scene with Steve Carrell on the set of Get Smart. She tells the story saying,

There was a health scare last year where a certain contact lens solution gave you conjunctivitis. I won’t say the name of it, but it was the one that I used, and I had a sinus infection at the same time. I had to go up to Steve with my red and puffy eyes, dripping green; I am just snotty and I’m just like, “Come here.” The worst thing was we didn’t know that I had conjunctivitis at the time so I had to call our producer that night and say, “Yeah, you might want to call Steve and let him know I had pinkeye and my tears kind of got in my mouth when we kissed, so he might want to worry about that!”

That’s not even the weird part. When asked what it was like to kiss one of America’s favorite funnymen, Hathaway replied,

Making out with him is like the yummiest lollipop, dipped in sunshine and wrapped in a masculine wrapper! That’s the only way I can think to describe it.

Um, okay. That’s more than a little creepy. It sounds kind of like something a gay Willy Wonka might say.




  Anne Hathaway
Posted by: Mike on Jun 16th, 2006 Leave a Comment »




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